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Leadership gathers to plan for the 2019-20 school year

The Alisal Union School District leadership team spent Thursday looking ahead to 2019-20. The day-long retreat was organized by the Whole Child Education department and took place at the First Tee of Monterey County.

Koenig leading Leadership retreat

Leadership members, which include Principals, Assistant Principals, Cabinet members, Directors from Human Resources, Education, Whole Child, and Business Services heard plans for the upcoming school year from their colleagues.

Ricardo Cabrera, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, announced the launch of the “Educator Cultivator Program” to make sure all teachers new to the district (whether they’re experienced or new to the profession) have a mentor. The mentor will offer support and help learn the profession’s ropes.

Clemente Villarreal, Director of IT Services, reported that the District is launching a new initiative to allow for students to keep their chrome devices starting kindergarten until they finish the 6th grade. Last year, the district launched an initiative to allow for students to keep district-issued Chromebooks if they’re attending 4th, 5th and 6th grade. The initiative has been successful, he reported.

Delia Gomez presending during leadership meeting

Public Information Officer Claudia Meléndez announced the District's transition to BoardDocs, an Internet-based system to access and store board agendas. The new system is expected to go live mid October.  

Dr. Cristina Palmer from the Whole Child Department announced a campaign to improve attendance called “Know my Name, Know my Face, Know my Story.” In addition to improving attendance, the campaign should also reduce discipline referrals, suspensions and, ultimately, expulsions. The department’s goal is also to work in coordination with the Education Department to extend wrap around services to vulnerable students, including those in foster care and homeless, based on data.

Leadership also received a presentation from Manuel Martinez and Gayle Ketchie of Lozano Smith, our District’s counsel. Mr. Martinez spoke about the district’s obligations to provide education regardless of immigration status and how district employees should respond to law enforcement officers. Ms. Ketchie spoke about conflicts of interest and general legal updates.

Manuel Martinez

Bill Shelton, Chief Executive Officer of the Future Citizens Foundation, paid a visit to the leadership team and thank them for their support of The First Tee. All fifth graders of Alisal Union School District learn to play golf and take part of a district wide tournament that teaches them leadership skills.  

Bill Shelton

Before heading to the green themselves, members of the leadership team heard a powerful presentation by Dr. Shawn Ginwright, founder of the Flourish Agenda. Ginwright’s work focuses on the importance of transforming relationships so adults can learn to relate to each other on the basis of their humanity and not just their job descriptions. These relationships foster an atmosphere of trust, which in turn enables a better working environment and better services for students. Dr. Ginwright and his team will  be working at Alisal USD during the 2019-20 school year to deepen the work of the Whole Child Department that allows for improving on our motto “Cultivating the Whole Child for a World Class Education.” Dr. Macheo Payne, a member of the Flourish team, will be the keynote speaker for our Convocation on Aug. 14.

Shawn Ginwright presenting during leadership meeting

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